Eastern Wildlife Damage Control Conferences


Date of this Version

September 1989


Commercial urban /industrial structural pest bird control is approaching a time of crisis. Several long-standing toxicants that have been used as a major part of pest bird control programs are either suspended, at risk of suspension, or have had their production terminated by the manufacturer. "Environmental groups" are up in arms about the use and misuse of pesticides. Lawsuits have been filed to stop the use of some products, and political pressure has brought about reviews of some pesticide products on both the state and federal levels. EPA has seemed to have a "get tough" policy in its reregistration guidelines, which are causing some pesticide manufacturers to decide to not support reregistration of some long standing pesticide products. Testing required to meet EPA reregistration guidelines could go into the tens of millions of dollars for some widely used agricultural products.